Coconino Master Gardener Association

Another beauty from Cindy Murray. Swallowtail butterfly on phlox.

Welcome to the Coconino County Master Gardeners' Association Blog. The mission of the Coconino Master Gardener Program is to support the University of Arizona by providing researched-based information on environmentally responsible gardening and landscaping to the public.
The program creates a corps of well-informed volunteers, and delivers quality horticultural education programs adapted to our regional high elevation environment. The mission of the association is to provide support for those volunteers and Master Gardener graduates, continuing education, and opportunities to participate in community programs that increase the visibility and participation in the Master Gardener Program.
On this site you will find gardening news, links, a calendar for local events, volunteer opportunities, book reviews, agenda/minutes for our association monthly meetings, and association documents and contacts.
The Coconino County Master Gardener Association was founded in 2009 by a small group of master gardeners with the help of Hattie Braun the Director of the MG Program. After several small meetings it was opened to all master gardeners on May 21st, 2009. Meetings are held monthly on the 2rd Thursday of each month from 6:30pm - 8:30pm. We meet at the Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church (1601 N. San Francisco). The agenda usually includes continuing education and a short business meeting. Watch this blog for the agenda and minutes for all meetings. Contacts for the association (officers and committee chairs) are listed at the bottom of this blog.

Reporting Master Gardener Hours

All master gardener trainees and certified master gardeners need to report their hours.
Beginning in 2010 certified master gardeners need to have 6 Education hours and 12 Volunteer hours in order to maintain certification.The on line reporting system allows you to report Education or Volunteer hours.
If you have any questions or concerns about the new reporting system, please contact Crys Wells or Hattie Braun. Their contacts are listed at the bottom of the blog under
Link to reporting

Ideas for hours------
--Attend monthly meetings
--Work on an association committee
--Work at an informational booth for the Master Gardeners
--Be a speaker about gardening topics at a variety of venues

--Host a garden tour
--Work at the home show
--Work at a MG site (Olivia White Hospice, the Arboretum, Riordan Mansion, or school gardens (many others)). Check out the Assoc. Doc. & Forms under Volunteer Sites.
--Work in the Extension office
--Write an article for the newspaper column -Gardening Excetera
-Volunteer with the Seed Library
Be creative! There are many ways to fulfill your hours. Just remember for volunteering it needs to be a non-profit endeavor or an approved for profit site.

Change in Contact Information

Have you moved or changed your e-mail address, but would still like to be contacted about high elevation gardening information from the Extension? The Coconino County Extension Master Gardener Program has a site that will let you change your information on-line.

Click here to change your contact information!

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Riordan Mansion Workdays for the Summer

Below is a list of the scheduled work days at the Riordan.  Please mark your calendar for those dates that you can join us.  Also, please let us know, if possible, what days you can come so we can plan the work around the number of people who come.  I will send out a reminder before each scheduled work day.  

This weekend we got the four raised vegetable garden beds accomplished and ready for planting seeds on the 9th and live plants on the 15th.  They look good and a lot of work went into setting them up. We appreciate the help that was given. Many hands make a task easier.

Remember to bring your hand tools and gloves (marked with your names on them) as we will be setting bricks in the path to the porch and along the flower beds, planting new plants and moving older ones that need to go elsewhere and setting rocks in place for a rock garden.

You can open the front gates and drive through then close the gates after yourself as we will be starting work before the grounds open to visitors.  You can find us in the front courtyard garden. I will bring a container of ice water so you can refill your bottles.  Please bring a snack so you have something to eat when you run out of energy.  

It has been a lot of fun working there with everyone.  Last week a granddaughter of the Riordans, and who was raised in the right hand part of the house, was there and thanked us for all the work we have been doing in the gardens.  She liked it as do the other volunteers and staff that work there and even visitor have stated their pleasure of the the looks of what we have done. We also get gardening questions from some visitors. 

Any questions about the work at the Riordan or the scheduled work days please call or e-mail Dave or me at (Dave: 699-3331 OR (Charlotte 213-0187 -  Hope to see you there. Charlotte & Dave

Work Dates
June 9, 15, 23, July 7, 21, August 3,11,18   9:30 to 1:30
We will schedule September/October general fall clean up of the grounds towards the middle to end of September to cut dying plants back, get the leaves off the grass and pine needles away from the area around the house.  

Charlotte Dodgson

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